Appeals court blocks DNA testing in slaying case

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

CONROE, Texas (AP) - The state's highest criminal court has reversed a trial judge's decision to allow additional DNA testing of evidence that a death row inmate contends could show he's not responsible for the slaying of suburban Houston college student more than 15 years ago.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday said convicted killer Larry Swearingen hasn't established that biological evidence he wants tested could change the outcome of his trial for the abduction, rape and strangling of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.

State District Judge Kelly Case allowed the testing. Montgomery County prosecutors appealed the decision.

Trotter's body was found in January 1999 in the Sam Houston National Forest south of Huntsville, nearly a month after she was last seen leaving the library at what is now Lone Star College.

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